A total 1097 players, 283 of which are overseas cricketers, have registered for auction ahead of the 14th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held later this year. The mini auction for IPL 2021 has already been confirmed to take place in Chennai on February, with the tournament reportedly all set to get underway from April 11 till June 6th or 7th, 2021.
The player registration closed on last week and a massive IPL 2021 player list for the auction has been tallied, with 814 Indian and 283 overseas players signed up to be a part of the tournament. Only a maximum of 61 will bag new contracts, with only 22 overseas slots vacant, the remaining contracts will go to Indian players. It is learnt that 139 players were retained by the franchises and 57 were released.
The breakdown of the registered players is as under: Capped Indian (21 players), Capped International (186 players), Associate (27 players), Uncapped Indian players who have played at least 1 IPL match (50 players), Overseas uncapped players who have played at least 1 IPL match (2 players), Uncapped Indians (743 players), Uncapped International (68 players).
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Out of the 283 overseas players registered the maximum was from West Indies with 56, followed by 42 from Australia and 39 from South Africa. Teams are allowed a maximum of 25 players each: Royal Challengers Bangalore (13), Kings XI Punjab (9), Rajasthan Royals (8) and Knight Riders (8) have highest number of slots left, while Sunrisers Hyderabad (3) has the least.
Australia’s Steve Smith, who has been released by Rajasthan Royals, Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav, both released by Chennai Super Kings, are amongst the 11 prominent names to have kept their base price at the high end of Rs.2 crore. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan also seeks to return to IPL after serving an anti-corruption suspension.
Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy and Mark Wood are all going with the high base price of Rs.2 crore. Dawid Malan, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid and David Willey have kept their base price at Rs.1.5 crore. Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Shivam Dube and Varun Aaron are among 21 capped Indian players who have registered.
Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun, 21, a left-arm seamer, has registered for the first time at a base price of Rs.20 lakh, while orld Cup-winning paceman S Sreesanth, who has returned to the game at 37 after serving a seven-year match-fixing ban, has also registered, at a base price of Rs.75 lakh. Chris Morris and Aaron Finch are the other notable names expected to return for the 14th edition of the IPL.
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